Marie Curie ITN 'ChangingEmployment' eNewsletter, Eighth edition (March 2016)

Welcome to the eighth and final edition of the ChangingEmployment eNewsletter

Although our ESRs have in most cases completed their employment contracts they are still central participants in the ChangingEmployment programme which runs through this year until November 30th.  It is with great pleasure mixed with sadness to report that they are now in the finishing stages of the programme.  This was an additionally demanding programme assignment, and so unlike any other doctoral programme, in that our Doctoral and Post-Doctoral colleagues have had to work on a complicated aspect of their role as Marie Curie ESRs (and ERs in two cases (Dr Maria Richea based at Evry and Dr Olena Fedyuk at Strathclyde) .  Working through to completion of a PhD is tough enough but they have shown great resilience in developing an independent thematic oeuvre under the guidance of Dr Richea (Theme 1 (On management and Employees), Dr Fedyuk (Theme 2 on Migration: inclusion and exclusion) and now, in the case of a third thematic team, Dr Julia Kubisa (Employee Wellbeing and Work Life Quality) based in Goteborg.  The teams will deliver exciting publications over the next 12 months or so in the areas of comparative migration research, employment regulation in Europe (to be published by one of our Associate Partners, ETUI).  The post-docs too have not had an easy time.  In contrast to regular Post doc posts, this was a training position where they were undergoing training in the job expectations of academics – on occasion having to commit to work that only seasoned pros have to endure.  Their work entailed both delivering their own publication profile but also mentoring, assisting and teaching on both undergraduate and post graduate courses in a range of languages.  The range of activity from teaching, to writing, publishing, researching and mentoring the ESRs was carried out in exemplary fashion.   
To complete the programme of events organised by our ESRs and ERs we have a great day of activity on Tuesday 3 May 2016 to be hosted at Strathclyde by our Theme 3 Team (Employee Wellbeing and Work Life Quality), entitled 'What's happening with Job Quality? Policy, Practice and Research Directions'.  The event will present the latest European trends in the quality of work (see below).

Professor Paul Stewart, "ChangingEmployment" Programme Coordinator
University of Strathclyde
The loneliness of the PhD candidate…
A funny image extracted from Carnets de thèse, from Tiphaine Rivière, mentioned in the reader's corner below!
This edition of the eNewsletter was edited by ESR Laurens Deprez (University of Evry)

Theme 1

Management and Employees: Find out what theme 1 ESRs have been doing since the last eNewsletter more

Theme 2

Management and Employees: Find out what theme 2 have been doing since the last eNewsletter more

Theme 3

Employee wellbeing and work life quality: Management and Employees: Find out what theme 3 have been doing since the last eNewsletter more

ESRs report local news on work, employment and migration

Marie Curie fellows share the latest from public discussion from their home and host environments. 
Find out more...

Upcoming events and calls for contributions

CIRA 2016: The Canadian Industrial Relations Association Conference – “Visions of Work: Examining the Workplace as a Multidisciplinary Meeting Place” – Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), 31 May – 2 June 2016. Deadline for abstracts on the 22 February.

Labour and Employment Relations Association (LERA) – “Equity and Prosperity : Employment Policy for the 21st Century”, Chicago, 6-8 January 2017 – Call for Papers now open until 9 March 2016!

European Regional Congress 2016 (ILERA), “The Future of Representation”, Milan, 8-10 September 2016 – Coming soon.

Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) 2016, “Changing Nature of Industrial Relations in Europe”, Izmir, Turkey, 8-9 September 2016 – Call for papers now open until 31 March.

XV Journées Internationales de Sociologie du Travail 2016 – « Crisis and Worlds of Work »/  « Crise(s) et mondes du travail », Athens, 11-13 May 2016.

Staff News

The last three years have flown past and we now have to say a farewell to many of the ESRs/ERs as their contracts finish and they move on from their host institutions.  Although people are still working on their various theme outputs, some on their PhDs, while others are looking for or have started new employment.  We would like to say thank you to everyone for the hard work and commitment that you have shown over the last three years.  We wish you all good luck over the next few months and look forward to seeing everyone at the Final Colloquium in November 2016, Brussels.

Open Day Report, November 2015

A number of undergraduate students studying Journalism attended the recent Changing Employment Open Day as part of their coursework to write a news story about a pubic event.  One of the articles 'Strathclyde's research supports trade unions in changing work scene' written by Sara Bresciani, BA Hons Humanities and Social Sciences, is now available to read online.

ESR Personal Reflections

Each of the Marie Curie Fellows reflect on their experiences over the past three years in the project. They discuss the programme, their changing lives and experiences. Find out more...

Changing Employment Events

A theme 3 event entitled 'What's happening with Job Quality? Policy, Practice and Research Directions' is taking place on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at the University of Strathclyde.  The event will present the latest European trends in the quality of work, which includes employment security, skills, autonomy, and rewards. Job quality has risen in the public policy agenda, as well as being increasingly recognised as important for business performance and employee wellbeing.

Contributors to the event include:
  • Steven Tobin, Senior Economist, The International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Agnieska Piasna and Jan Jan Drahokoupil,  European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
  • Julia Kubisa, Kristina Hakansson and Tommy Isidorsson, University of Gothenburg
  • Birgit Blättel-Mink, Goethe University of Frankfurt
  • Kirsty Newsome, University of Sheffield; Cilla Ross, The Co-operative College and Sian Moore, University of Greenwich
  • Jörg Weingarten, Research Director, PCG-Project Consult GmbH, Germany
  • Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary, UNISON
Event registration URL-
The final Changing Employment Colloquium will take place on Friday 4 November 2016 in Brussels.

Reading's Corner

Simply hilarious! To boost your moral and make you laugh in the hardest moments to come towards PhD: Rivière, Tiphaine, 2015, Carnet de thèse, Ed. Seuil.

Streeck, W., 2014, Buying Time. The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, Verso, London.

Streeck, W., Grote, J., Schneider, V., Visser, J., (Eds.), 2006, Governing Interests: Business Associations Facing Internationalization, Routledge Studies in International Business and the World Economy, London.
Holtgrewe, U., Kirov, V., Ramioul, M. (Eds.) 2015, Hard work in new jobs. The quality of work and life in European growth sectors. Houndmills (Palgrave Macmillan)
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